1945 (age 76–77)
|Education||California State Polytechnic University, Pomona|
University of Minnesota
|Known for||Co-Founder and president, Esri|
Jack Dangermond OON (born 1945) is an American billionaire businessman and environmental scientist, who co-founded, with Laura Dangermond, in 1969 the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), a privately held geographic information systems (GIS) software company. As of October 2021, his net worth was estimated at US$8.6 billion.
Dangermond, Esri's president, works at its headquarters in Redlands, California. He founded the company to perform land-use analysis; however, its focus evolved into GIS-software development, highlighted by the release of ARC/INFO in the early 1980s. The development and marketing of ARC/INFO positioned Esri with the dominant market share among GIS-software developers. Esri's flagship product, ArcGIS, traces its heritage to Dangermond's initial efforts in developing ARC/INFO.
Dangermond completed his undergraduate degree in landscape architecture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He then earned a Master in Urban Planning from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1969. His early work in the school's Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis (LCGSA) led directly to the development of Esri's ARC/INFO GIS software. He has been awarded 13 honorary doctoral degrees.
In January 2020, Jack and Laura Dangermond donated $3 million to the Museum of Redlands fund.
Dangermond has received many awards, including:
- Officier in de Orde van Oranje Nassau 
- Horwood Distinguished Service Award of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association in 1988
- John Wesley Powell Award of the U.S. Geological Survey in 1996
- Anderson Medal of the Association of American Geographers in 1998
- Cullum Geographical Medal of the American Geographical Society in 1999
- EDUCAUSE Medal of EduCause
- Honorary doctorate from the University of West-Hungary in 2003
- Carl Mannerfelt Gold Medal of the International Cartographic Association in 2007
- Honorary doctorate from the University of Minnesota in 2008
- Patron's Medal of the Royal Geographical Society in 2010.
- Alexander Graham Bell Medal of the National Geographic Society in 2010, together with Roger Tomlinson.
- Fellow of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science in 2012
- Audubon Medal of the National Audubon Society in 2015
- "Esri Awards GIS Users for Improving Social, Environmental, and Economic Outcomes". www.businesswire.com. July 14, 2021. Retrieved July 22, 2021.
- "Forbes profile: Jack Dangermond". Forbes. Retrieved October 27, 2021.
- New York Times: "Corner Office – Conversations about leadership and management" retrieved May 3, 2013
- Howell, Donna (August 1, 2009). "Jack Dangermond's Digital Mapping Lays It All Out". Investor's Business Daily. Archived from the original on May 10, 2010. Retrieved August 21, 2009.
- "Alumnus Jack Dangermond to Earn Honorary Doctorate". PolyCentric. Archived from the original on August 26, 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2008.
- Helft, Miguel, 'In largest-ever gift to Nature Conservancy, tech CEO preserves pristine stretch of California coast", Forbes, December 22, 2017.
- Hamm, Keith, "$165 million private donation to Nature Conservancy", independent.com, December 22, 2017. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
- "Jack and Laura Dangermond (pledge statement)", The Giving Pledge, n.d.
- News, DINA COLUNGA Reporter Redlands Community. "Dangermonds add $3 million to Museum of Redlands fund". Redlands News. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
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- "Esri-ceo ontvangt koninklijke onderscheiding". Computable. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
- "Horwood Distinguished Service Award".
- "University Awards & Honors: Honorary Degree". Archived from the original on September 7, 2015.
- "2010 Medals and Awards". Royal Geographical Society. Retrieved June 27, 2011.
- Jack Dangermond and Roger Tomlinson receive National Geographic’s Bell Medal Archived November 1, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, GIS Lounge, July 12, 2010.
- David Braun (July 13, 2010). "Nat Geo awards Alexander Graham Bell Medals to GIS pioneers". National Geographic Society. Retrieved June 22, 2011.
- "Fellows". www.ucgis.org.
- "You Can't Kill Jack Dangermond's Company. Try, And It Will Only Get Stronger". Forbes. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
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- Cultivating His Plants, and His Company, The New York Times, 2011
- Fact-Checking 'Corner Office', The Atlantic, 2011
- A Sense of Where You Are, Forbes.com, 2010
- Mapmaker Follows His Own Path (PDF), Financial Times, 2010
- The Passion and the Perseverance to Succeed, The Washington Post, 2010
- Computerworld Interview Q&A: Esri's Jack Dangermond on Cloud, Big Data and Apple-vs-Google Map Wars (July 2012)
- New York Times Corner Office Cultivating His Plants, and His Company (July 2011)
- Investor's Business Daily article Jack Dangermond's Digital Mapping Lays It All Out (August 2009)
- Jack Dangermond, Esri President – Biographical information on Esri's Web site
- Biography – Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science (CSISS) Advisory Board members
- Dangermond talks about various topics on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour